High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: St. Francis DeSales High

Eye on POY: Ohio football

November, 15, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program's selection process.

Maty Mauk
file photo/ESPNHSMaty Mauk is a top candidate for Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year
Maty Mauk
Senior quarterback, Kenton (Ohio)

2011 Team record: 12-0
2011 Team standing: Division IV state quarterfinal vs. Genoa Area on Saturday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 316-457 (69.1)-4,487
2011 TDs-INTs: 58-10

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 190-1,500 (7.9)-16

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Missouri (verbal commitment)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Became the nation’s career record-holder for passing yards (17,869) , total yards (21,046), passing attempts (1,974), completions (1,272) and touchdown passes (208). 2010-11 Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year. 2008-2011 First Team All-State selection. No. 15 ranked quarterback in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU;

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